Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Taking a Walk

Three bottles of Yellow Tail Shiraz.

Lots and lots of Yuengling Lager.

Just newspapers. Dull.

Bud.

Deer Park, and a Sutter Home White Zin.

Lite 40s. 40s? Damn.

Lager.

Three different Saranacs!

Kendall-Jackson chardonnay.

Lager.

Sly Fox Pale Ale, Otter Creek Winter, Shiner Black, a Michelob Celebrate -- oh, wait. We're home, Penderyn.

I took the dog for a walk this morning. Just for fun, I checked out what was in the recycling bins along the street -- we've got curb-side pickup of recycling in Middletown Township. No big surprises, except for that Saranac and the 40s of Lite. Well, I guess the scarcity of light beer might be a surprise. The prevalence of Yuengling sure wasn't a surprise. I might have to do this more often.

20 comments:

Stan Hieronymus said...

No Yellow Tail?

sam k said...

Now that's investigative journalism at it's finest!

Sly said...

If the 40s of lite we surprising, you must live in one of the classy parts of middletown township

Lew Bryson said...

It was the first thing I saw, Stan! Got the label wrong, though: it's two words? I'll fix that.

Lew Bryson said...

Sly,

It was surprising because the only place I usually see Lite 40s is on the ballfield behind our house, scattered around on Sunday mornings. The neighborhood's pretty clean: nurses, pilots, middle management, bureaucrats, dentists, that kind of thing.

Anna van Schurman said...

In this part of PA you wouldn't see that we drink decent beers--clear glass only in the curbside recycling. All our brown bottles collect until we bring them to the recycling center ourselves.

Sly said...

I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a point in my youth where my friends and I left 40s scattered across middletown township (exclusively in levittown though).

E.S. Delia said...

From time to time, I find myself doing the same thing when I take myself for a walk. PBR is the harbinger of hipster cred here in Richmond, so the bins and streets are littered with empties of it, but I've been surprised at what some people are drinking.

From what I recall, I've seen Anchor Steam, Magic Hat mixed 12-packs, Sierra Nevada Pale, and Dogfish Head 60 Minute thus far. They're widely available here, but good to see people branching out and enjoying them nonetheless.

Alan said...

God - what would the recycling truck drivers think of my blue bin: 40 different beers every two weeks, few ever the same.

Stan Hieronymus said...

Sorry, going too fast this morning. I meant Yellow Tail Chardonnay (and left Chard off), because it seems to be a wine of choice at parties where you'll see "craft beer."

I think the official name is something obnoxious like [yellow tail].

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

I could do a different kind of survey: the booze boxes that end up in the reuse hallway of The Book Thing, a free book donation/giveaway program in Baltimore (see www.bookthing.org). Last Saturday I found a case box for Anchor Our Special Ale 1992! (Oh, wait, was that mine?) I've routinely found copies of Papazian's "Complete Joy of Home Brewing" there, and once found an autographed Michael Jackson Pocket Guide to Beer!

Bri Bri said...

That almost read like poetry.

Lew Bryson said...

Bri Bri,

You are scaring me. I'm a prose man, dammit, a prose man!

Kevin said...

Lew, when we moved last year it was one of the first things I did. I found out that I live in a neighborhood of people who drink a lot less than I do and when they do drink it is white zin. I haven't looked to make many new friends but I am secretly hoping that maybe they are growler folk like me (Hey! I live 10 mins from two Sly Foxes and an IH and Victory isn't much of drive).

Bryan said...

Ha, that's too funny. I often judge different locales where I go running by the amount of garbage and the brand of liquor bottles that I find discarded by the roadside. I occasionally peer into recycling bins too and pass judgment. From a runner's POV, it's a different way to pass the time.

Jay W said...

I started off thinking that this post was what any other post would read like if one were to only read the bolded words.

This whole blog thing still confuses me a little bit.

Lew Bryson said...

Well...I've been doing the bolded words thing for years, going back to the early 1990s in a humor newsletter I did then. It's not a blog phenomenon for me. I know it bugs some people, but...so does my writing.

Anonymous said...

Good Lord. Have you been reduced to going though people's garbage bins to make ends meet? Are you collecting bottles for deposits so you can have some of your "own" money when you go to Beligum and Germany?

Lew Bryson said...

Nah, here in PA there's no bottle bill. I just root through people's trash for fun.

Anonymous said...

Cool...My beer geek buddy and I did this recently at a basement punk show in a West Philly house known for these parties...its always bring your own and we saw a majority of 40s, BMC, yuengling, and PBR pounders but also loads of wine coolers! and ciders and smirnoff ice types...and a few Yards...and the strangest, a bottle of Budweiser-made Uncle Jacks Pumpkin Spice beer...we laughed at that cuz we had Hopdevils.